Living Abroad: A Nomad’s Guide to Home-Loose Living
Ellen and her husband packed up and “moved” to Latin America (Ellen Barone)
I am two women: a homebody and a traveler.
Part of me adores the cozy conveniences of home: preparing and sharing meals in a familiar kitchen, spending time in the garden, having closets filled with shoes and clothes, established routines, and easy access to family and friends.
Another part of me thrives on the challenges and pleasures of exploration: discovering an unknown place, making new friends, eating unfamiliar foods, learning foreign languages and habits, or simply watching the moon rise over an unexplored horizon.
"Home-loose living" abroad is a lifestyle that can work — if you know how (Photo: Ellen Barone)
Until recently I presumed that reconciling these opposing identities meant balancing time away with time at home. But after three years of home-loose living (having no permanent base), I’ve discovered that the joy that comes from being at home is internal and portable.
In spring 2011, at a personal and professional crossroads, my husband and I crammed a lifetime of belongings into storage and set off on a multiyear journey with a vague plan of temporarily inhabiting Latin America.
Ellen’s multiyear journey took her to Nicaragua (Photo: Ellen Barone)